This was originally created by Shannon
I was not tagged but discovered this from Joey sometime during August and I actually wrote it, like handwritten draft in August. But the way that my blogging schedule is set up, I didn’t have space for it until this week. The same thing is happening to a post I want to do about what I learned this summer which I am still going to post because it’s always good to share what you learn, so some people can get something out of it. It’s a list but included some Ted Talks I want to share whether you watch or not, someone might watch or listen and it could teach them something interesting and that’s honestly what matters most.
I do a pattern that goes sort of like 2-3-2-3 or 3-2-3-2. I alternate it according to my feels. The majority of the posts this month and a few discussion posts into next month are from August/early September before labor day weekend or at least the ideas/drafts (especially for discussion posts). It’s such a life saver to schedule in advance. I highly recommend it—doing whatever important project you have before its due, long before if you can, or at least starting it if the due date isn’t definitive. It will help you out. Anyway, this is a tag not a discussion post on why you need to spend your free time doing the thing so let’s move forward.
Opening Ceremony: a book you loved from the first page—Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. “If I was good at the grocery store, I got a Yoo-hoo. If I was really good, I got to see the lobsters.”
Cycling: favorite road trip book-—Mosquitoland by David Arnold. It’s really powerful, beautiful, and it was original and not trite for me.
Triathlon: a book with a good love triangle—Radu, Mehmed, and Lada.
It doesn’t feel like a love triangle to me because it seems so much more authentic and full of anguish. It’s more one falls in love with someone who cannot love them back as far as they know and feels honest pain because it’s not a love they can deny because they feel this need to be by their beloved’s side. Mehmed could potentially be into the both of them and seems to love one of them back in a deep, raw way as well although it may be less painful for him and Lada and Radu are siblings and Lada is more viable for Mehmed.
Handball: a book you didn’t really get
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. *Cue the horrified gasps of the readers who loved this book and the text messages in all CAPS.* I know a lot of people loved this book, if only for its prose, but even being close to being done, I DNF’d.
I don’t necessarily deny the power or the beauty of the book but sometimes although I like to think I love original, weird YA—and for the most part I usually do, all the recs please—there are a few that are or were just too much for me and this was one of them.
Beach Volleyball: a book set in the summer
The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
Fencing: a book with fighting
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
Gymnastics: a book with plot twists
And I Darken by Kiersten White. Lists Inc by Paula Stokes. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.
Swimming: a book that made you sob
I don’t tend to sob at books but a book that definitely made me feel was The Upside Of Unrequited and okay, get teary.
Golf: a slow paced book
Gabi, A Girl In Pieces—still loves it though and kept wanting to read.
Trampoline: a childhood favorite.
The Junie B. Jones series. It was so funny and really got me into my love for reading. My first chapter books that I read by myself and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series because that was funny.
Equestrian: a book featuring animals
Hurdles: a book you struggled to finish
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler. There were parts that were beautiful and I liked the art but about halfway through, I had to stop because the writing was too much for me. I enjoyed it when I was younger and there’s lots of witty and hits the heart but a lot of the writing is much older and beyond YA. This book is much more suited for adults. Not NA but the general adult population. This book is an example of what we’re talking about when books are including teens but not targeting teens, to get the adults to buy and approve, forgetting about teens completely.
Synchronised Swimming: a book with a great friendship
James and the MC of Kerry Kletter’s debut. Lada and Bogdan from AND I DARKEN. miles and the shoal school club: Theo, the twins, and Alexandra. Great group. Loved them so, so much.
All right, I tag anyone who is like me and would do a summer tag in what most would consider fall although technically fall doesn’t start until 21 September and when you’re reading this, it will still technically be summer even though by now it should be fall semester for everyone and everyone should be off of summer holiday by now who goes to school and all of the world and its mother is screaming about Halloween and sweater weather and fall candles and everything fall oriented as soon as it hits the first of September or the day after labor day weekend.
Anyway, it’s still technically summer, at least on this side of the world, even though it doesn’t feel like it, so if you’re a weirdo like me, I tag you to give it a try and did you watch the Paralympics/are you watching? I actually discovered it just this year so I’m going to try to catch a few events this year round even though it unfortunately isn’t treated as as big of a deal as the Olympics with able bodied people but I think it will be cool.
Okay, enough rambling. Bye, see you this Saturday for another discussion post!
(We are on a roll!!! *shows a picture of you and I smiling while standing on top of an actual, big, bread roll* )